How to smoke marijuana without smelling like it

Published Mar 13, 2019 09:30 a.m. ET

 Those who love cannabis know that one of the best and possibly worst things about it, is the incredibly strong smell that can follow you around announcing your habit to the world. Whether or not you enjoy the aroma, and many do not, most of us end up in situations where we would prefer not to wreak like pot as we go about our day and interact with folks we may or may not know personally. Luckily, there are some great tricks and techniques you can use to reduce the lingering smoke smell. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions alongside tips and tricks to keep the stink to a minimum.


How long does the smell of weed last?

There is no definitive answer to this question. The amount of time something is exposed to cannabis smoke and the amount of contact (direct or indirect) will make a difference in how long the smell will linger for. What we do know is that marijuana is resinous and just like cigarettes will cling to everything especially materials for weeks or longer. Sometimes the smell won’t completely go away until the item in question is washed.

How to tell if you smell like weed?

If you are lucky and have a friend that can help you than you might be in luck, the best way to know if you smell like weed is to assume that if you smoked it while wearing the clothes you have on and haven't had a shower, then you probably smell like weed.

How to Get rid of weed breath?

Weed breath can be tackled in several ways depending on what you have available to you. The best way to get rid of weed breath is to brush your teeth. However, if that isn’t an option then consider carrying a small bottle of mouthwash. Some stronger mint or peppermint gum can also be somewhat effective at masking the smell and those that are designed to brush your teeth and get rid of it altogether.

Best way to smoke weed without smelling?

Smoke is problematic because it travels a great distance quite quickly and clings to almost anything in its path. Most regular methods of smoking are difficult to mask, but there are a few ways you can consume marijuana without so much of the smell.

  1. Edibles - If you want a completely discreet option there is none better than making the switch to edibles. While it isn’t a way to smoke without smelling, it will produce the same effects, and no one is going to assume your brownie is full of THC making consumption equally as discreet.

  2. Vaporizer - A vape is by far the best way to smoke weed without smelling. Since a vaporizer doesn’t burn the plant material and only vaporizes the THC, there is very little for smells produced. Many vape juices are completely scent free.

  3. Oils - Oils can be used in a variety of ways and don’t need to be smoked to be ingested. They are almost entirely scent free and can be used to make your vape juice, take orally, make edibles, and some are even designed to be smoked.

  • Use a Smoke Buddy - One of the older ways people have used weed without the smell is using a smoke buddy. A smoke buddy sells for $16 on Amazon. It is used by exhaling each toke through the device which filters and dissipates the smell. You can make one yourself by taking a toilet paper roll, a dryer sheet, and an elastic. Cover one end of the roll with the dryer sheet and use an elastic to hold it in place. Exhale smoke directly through it. While the DIY version isn’t quite as effective as a smoke buddy or other methods of ingestion, it’s a pretty effective way of keeping the smell to a minimum in a pinch.

  • Dabbing - Dabbing works on the same principles as a vaporizer. A nail is heated which vaporizes the herb or concentrates being smoked through the device. Because of the extreme heat used there isn’t as much smell as there is with regular burning methods like a joint or a bong.

  • How to remove smoke smell from hair

    There are some excellent leave in dry shampoo mixtures available that can help to rid your hair of cigarette or marijuana smoke without having to wash it. With most, it’s as simple as spraying your hair in layers, and the mixture will do the work for you. If you are unable to shower or don’t have any such products available or on hand, you can dry the dryer sheet trick. Take one dryer sheet and part your hair into layers. Reb the sheet gently against each section of hair beginning at the roots and ending at the tips.

    Tips on how to smoke marijuana without smelling like it

    Much of what has been covered so far are preventative measures you can take to keep the smell at bay, but there are other things that are easy to get in the habit of to be sure you don’t smell like weed.

    1. Fresh change of clothing - If you know you are going to smoke then make sure to have a freshly cleaned outfit ready and waiting. The smoke will cling to what you have on. Keep the extra gear out of the room you are smoking in so you can quickly change into stink free clothes.

    2. Brush your teeth after - A lot of us have habits we set years ago, and one of those is brushing our teeth. There isn’t much point in waking up and scrubbing your pearly whites if you are just going to smoke a joint immediately after anyway. Try to schedule your brushing around when you most heavily toke.

    3. Cologne/Perfume - No one wants their eyes to water when you come near so while cologne or perfume can be excellent tools for a quick pick me up during the day to keep you smelling fresh, they should be used in moderation. Fruity smells tend to mask cannabis odor quite well along with anything sweet.

    4. Carry mouthwash - One of the most significant contributors to smelling like weed is bad breath that can linger for hours after you have smoked. Since the majority don’t have access to their toothbrush at work while keeping it sanitary, it’s an excellent idea to carry mouthwash instead. Small travel sized bottles are easy to take with you almost anywhere and will make a huge difference in how much you smell after you have smoked.

    5. Shower - While this one seems obvious, many don’t realize that if you have a morning shower and then exit to immediately smoke cannabis the smell will absorb into your skin and hair much more intensely. Shower after you toke or at least wait for your hair and skin to be completely dry before you do.

    6. Wash your hands - The most cannabis smoke produced by any device other than a vape will come into direct contact with your hands. It can make your fingers yellow and will contribute to how much you smell like pot. Washing your hands regularly will help to keep the smell down and save you from ugly yellow fingers or nails.



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